Investigators have ruled that a fire which caused approximately $5,000,000.00 in damage to a commercial office building has been deemed arson.
Peel Police are searching for one suspect believed to have caused the blaze.
Police believe the suspect entered the building at approximately 4:30 p.m. and set the fire on the third floor.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5’7” tall, approximately 200 lbs, with a heavy build. At the time, he was wearing orange coveralls, a black t-shirt, a black hat and dark shoes.
Fire fighters in Peel Region were quickly able to extinguish a three-alarm blaze at a lowrise office building in Mississauga, Wednesday.
It broke out at 1270 Central Parkway West, near Burnamthorpe Rd. and Mavis Rd.
The fire started on the third floor, which is the same floor that houses the office of Conservative MP Bob Dechert. It then reportedly spread to the building’s fourth and fifth floors.
Dechert told Global News, he has been questioned by police.
“They want to know if there’s any specific threats against me or my office or any of my staff -[if] there’s [anything]out of the ordinary […].”
At one point, heavy smoke prevented people from using the stairwells.
Fire crews worked hard to clear hundreds of people out of the building.
This man was stuck on the fifth floor for about an hour and told CityNews how he and a group of co-workers survived the thick smoke.
“[…] We have a closet full of camping bags.[…] We went to the kitchen and wet it and put it right by the door to avoid some smoke coming in the fifth floor,” he explained.
Meantime, police told 680News, a medical triage was set up outside the building as a precaution.
“You never know with these types of things. This is a building – I believe – that has six floors in it.[…] Smoke inhalation is always a concern for us as are electrical and structural situations.”
Luckily, no injuries were reported. Although several people were treated for smoke inhalation.
Mississauga Transit buses were called to the scene to shelter employees.
Anyone with information on this matter is asked to contact investigators at the 11 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1133. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting the website www.peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “PEEL”, followed by your tip, to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.